Nottingham Forest have opened talks to sign striker Facundo Ferreyra. The striker is a free agent after leaving Celta Vigo at the end of last season. During his time in Spain, he netted once in 12 appearances and now, according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo, the Reds want to pounce.
The report does claim that the 30-year-old isn’t close to a City Ground move at this stage. It does claim, however, that the player is willing to listen to any deal proposed by Forest.
Ferreyra is a vastly experienced performer. He lists Benfica, Shakhtar and Espanyol as his former clubs. He also spent a short time with Newcastle, although the less said about that period of his career the better.
The Forest-linked striker failed to make a single appearance, scoring once and claiming two assists for the club’s under-23 outfit. For whatever reason, he just couldn’t impress Alan Pardew or John Carver sufficiently enough.
Forest tried desperately to bolster their attacking ranks in the summer. A failed move for Josh Maja upset the fan base and the Reds are now looking at the free-agent market.
Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are the strikers currently vying for a place in Chris Hughton’s team. Neither have been prolific over the last 12 months and that represents a cause for concern.
Ferreyra might prove ideal short-term Forest signing
Okay, so the Reds wanted to add a younger striker to their ranks in the summer. In the post-pandemic market, however, that wasn’t possible, although Forest did keep hold of their own prized assets.
Now, Forest look to be keeping an eye on the free transfer market. That leads them to Ferreyra and on a short-term deal, he could provide something different to Grabban and Taylor.
The 12-time Argentina under-20 international was brilliant at Shakhtar, scoring 60 goals in 115 appearances for the club. Admittedly that was some time ago, although that goalscoring instinct could remain.
In the current situation, the Reds could perhaps do a lot worse than add Ferreyra to the ranks – but only a short-term deal until the end of the campaign.